Blessing of the renewed lych gate on 19th May 2019 by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
The completion of the work of restoration of the All Saints Lych Gate following the damage caused by the car which careered through it in November, coincided with one of Bishop Stephen’s occasional prayer-walks around the Diocese. Bishop Stephen reminded us that Jesus said ‘I am the gate’ and that the lych gate is therefore symbolic of Jesus who is the gateway to eternal life. Rev’d Caroline also reminded us that Jesus has the power when we give ourselves to him to restore and renew us however badly damaged we are. All this took place in the middle of a service which included the baptism to new life of Scarlett whose parents Laura and Paul were married in All Saints exactly 6 years and one day earlier. And our insurance paid for the whole of the repairs apart from the excess of £500. ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8 v 28). In the first picture are (L to R) the 2 builders; Bishop Stephen; Mayor-Deputy of the Cinque Port Liberty, Peter Ball; the Vicar, Rev’d Caroline; and Licensed Lay Minister Catherine Graham. In the second, the Bishop blesses the Lych Gate with water and in the third Rev’d Caroline leads us in prayer. Please pray that all those involved in the restoration, and re-dedication of the Lych Gate, all who pass by or through the Lych Gate, and the young man who caused the damage in the first place will come to know Jesus the Gate to eternal life.
The Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons)
Sheila Crow Catherine Graham David Wiggins Treasurer Judith Gibbons PCC Secretary
Churchwarden Licensed Lay Minister Non-voting
Janet Russell Jennifer Gallant Linda Salmon
Deanery Synod Deanery Synod
Mary Bugbee Christopher Bloor Abbie Fairbairn John Dines, Captain,
Church Lads & Girls Brigade
The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints every Thursday morning from 10 to 12.30 to mow, prune, cut, rake, edge, get rid of mole hills and strim. Anyone who has a love for our ancient church is welcome. You do a job which suits your physical ability and go when you’ve had enough. We have coffee/tea at about 11.00. We’ve been doing it for two years now and the churchyard is looking immeasurably better so this year we’re entering the Best-Kept Churchyard competition. Scroll down and click on the link to our maintenance plan. Our work is cut out: it’s the 2nd largest churchyard in England – the biggest is in Newcastle. Our Team Leader – aka Holiest Mower – is Sheila Crow who has won the ‘Pride of Tendring’ Award for her unsung services to the community. Her tel no is 01206 30 65 74 Below are some pictures – but we don’t sit around drinking coffee all the time!
Click below to see the Mowing Plan drawn up by Nick Wills in April 2017
Images of All Saints’ Church
Images of St James’ Church
Images from Baptisms held in our churches
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